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LEGENDS CONNECTED WITH THE LORIS

The animal has a wide distribution in the East, occurring
Assam, and Burmah, the Malay Peninsula, Siam, and Cochin-Chi
Sumatra,   Java,   Borneo,   and   the   Philippines,      Its   vernaeu
names signify " Bashful Cat" and " Bashful Monkey " in allus
to its nocturnal and  shy haMts.     It lives among trees, whict
does not voluntarily leave.     Its movements are deliberate, as
popular name, Slow ILoris, implies;  but it makes up for this
a  vigorous   tenacity   of grasp.     The   animals  (< make   a  curi<

FIG. 262.—Slow Loris.     Nycticebus tardigradus.     x. £.
chattering when angry, and when pleased at night they utter
short though tuneful whistle of one unvaried note, which
thought by Chinese sailors to presage wind." Much superstiti
has collected round this harmless though rather weird-looki
creature. Its influence over human beings is as active when
is dead as when it is alive. " Thus," writes Mr. Stanley lilowe
" a Malay may commit a crime he did not premeditate, and th
find that an enemy had buried a particular part of a loris und
his threshold, which had, unknown to him, compelled him to a
to his own. disadvantage/' The life of the Loris, adds Mr. Flow<
1 Proc. Zaol. Soc. 1900, p. 321.